Sophie Wilkinson | Contributing Editor | 1,051 day ago

MPs Made A BDSM Reference And Other News From The Autumn Statement

The Debrief: Oh, and they’ve also introduced a postgraduate student loan, if you want to know what actually happened...

Just a few days after a female MP was admonished for talking about ‘cocks’ a lot, frontbenchers were having a go at making sexy references during Chancellor George Osborne’s reading of the Autumn Statement (the one where he tells us where all the money is).

The reference wasn’t anything to do with the recent introduction of a law which bans certain acts from paid-for UK porn. It actually started off as a seeming slip of the tongue from David Cameron and then evolved into a stick which Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls used to beat George Osborne with.

First off, David Cameron said this during Prime Minister’s Questions:

MPs responded, as you can see on ITV News’ video, by saying stuff like ‘You screwed it up!’ and one woman (it’s nice to hear a woman jeering in a chamber full of men mooing) ‘You mean sadomasochism!’

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Later, Ed basically pointed out that ‘maso' means violent to yourself, and ‘sadism’ means violent to others, and seeing as Osborne already has the first bit covered (images of the Chancellor visiting a dominatrix when he was 22 have previously leaked to the press), he’s now looking to enact the second bit.

Sorry for explaining the joke there, but for what it’s worth even Osborne had a giggle when it was made, so it might be worth you knowing about. Plus, there were loads of actual whips present at the time, including the Deputy Chief Whip Don Foster, who was scolded by Speaker John Bercow, who called him a ‘boy’ for his refusal to be quiet while Ed was talking. All very Educating Westminster, if you ask us.

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Other, perhaps more important things announced in the budget is that there will now be an official postgraduate student loan of £10,000. Which is great news if you want to continue education after your degree, and will be sure to give more students from less wealthy backgrounds the chance to do this. However, it remains to be seen whether this will result in a lot more people getting themselves into a lot more debt without actual jobs to go to afterwards.

On the plus side? Unemployment is set to fall to 5.4% in 2015, and after next April you’ll only be taxed after the first £10,600 you earn. This means if you currently earn £25,000 a year, you’ll get an extra £120 a year. Erm, maybe you can put that towards the post-graduate loan debts you’re about to accrue? 

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Tags: Sex, Politics Meets Pop Culture